Alan Smithee

From the Redbox – Looper

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Looper (2012)These days/weeks/years, my time is focused mainly on family activities and therefore my shows and movies that I can usually watch have to be kid friendly. I can’t tell you the last time I went to an adult movie at a theatre and watched something NOT for kid consumption…probably Avengers.

Looper (2012)
Starring: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt
Director: Rian Johnson

It’s with a backlog of movies that I’ve missed out on over the last 20 months, coincidentally the same age as my twins, that my wife and I have been catching up on all of the media we’ve neglected.

Lucky for us, we live near a convenience store that makes for great times when ice, coffee, or red vines are a necessity in life…double lucky for us is a double Redbox kiosk located by one of the last payphones in existence. The movie for us this weekend was Rian Johnson’s (Breaking Bad, The Brothers Bloom) Looper.

A quick synopsis for all of you who haven’t seen it:

Joe, a Looper, is an assassin who is charged with killing and disposing of people sent back in time by criminal organizations. Loopers never know their target and are paid by bars of silver strapped to their targets’ backs, until they are able to retire by ‘closing their loop’ in which they assassinate their future selves and are paid in gold to help their cause in retirement. After closing your loop, you officially have 30 years until you’re sent back in time to be killed by your younger self in the past.

I have major wood for minimal sci-fi movies, even more ones with great actors, directors, and amazing cinematography. Seriously, I want to lick the brain of the guy who shot this film, there are scenes that are just spectacular to look at. Joe is played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, the former wearing prosthetics to appear more Bruce Willis-y, it’s never really that big of a distraction as you tend to lose the actor in the character, but I did keep thinking that young Joe looked a lot like Robbie Rotten from Lazy Town.

I don’t want to give it all away or even spoil it for you, but you’ll find the ending surprising, or at least I hope you do…because I enjoyed the hell out of how it unfolded. All I can say is watch this damn movie at least twice because like all good time travel related movies, the second time around is a different movie.

I do have to say that on the scale from 1 – 10 on the “my wife might enjoy this film” scale, it rates at a solid 7 as the sci-fi elements are kept to a minimum, there’s a romance, children in peril, and c’mon Joseph Gordon-Levitt AND Bruce Willis in the same movie? C’mon!

There are few movies, and I seriously mean few, that have left me thinking about them after the show ends and Looper is one. It’s chock full of delightful ideas of causality, timeline altering, and the repercussions of the butterfly effect changes. I literally can’t recommend this movie more than I am with this review. It was well worth the $1.50 rental and will probably be purchased on Google Play or iTunes in the future. Well played Rian Johnson!

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